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White House resists ethics inquiry
The Trump administration clashed with a federal ethics watchdog this week, moving to block an inquiry into ethics waivers granted to former lobbyists working in the government. President Trump signed an executive order in January prohibiting lobbyists who join the administration from working on matters that involve their former clients, but the White House is believed to have granted in dividual waivers from that rule. When the Office of Government Ethics asked for copies of those waivers, the White House asked the OGE to withdraw its request and questioned the agency’s legal authority. That prompted a 10-page letter of refusal from the OGE, which said “public confidence in the integrity of government decision making” demanded full disclosure.